Citing disagreements during contract talks; “They wanted me three years, I wanted one year, and it just didn’t work,” Rosie O’Donney announced today on The View that her tenure on the show will come to an end this year.
Rosie will still be on the show, just not full time: “I’m not going away. I’m just not going to be here every day,” added O’Donnell.
Barbara Walters, creator and co-executive producer of The View had the following to say:
“We have had, to say the least, an interesting year … an exciting, fun-filled, provocative year. We have all gotten together and you will be missed,” Walters said, adding, “I do not participate in the negotiations for Rosie. It was between your representatives and agents. This is not my doing.”
O’Donnell said: “This has been an amazing experience, and one I wouldn’t have traded for the world. Working with Barbara, Joy and Elisabeth has been one of the highlights of my career, but my needs for the future just didn’t dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me. To all the viewers out there, I just want to say ‘thank you’ for opening up your hearts and your homes to me this past year. But you can always find me at rosie.com. Here’s hoping there’s more confetti for all of us going forward.”
A source close to O’Donnell reported to ABC News that working on the show has been stressful for her. The source also added that O’Donnell will pursue other TV show opportunities.Barbara Walters added on today’s show that they haven’t “thought about a replacement”.